Dr Els Vermeulen


Contact details

Email: elsvermeulen5@gmail.com
Mobile: +27 (0)60 9714301
Whatsapp: +32 (0)470 229350
Skype: els.vermeulen2

Research interest

Dr Els Vermeulen is the research manager of the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a member of the IUCN cetacean specialist group and of the Scientific Committee as well as the Belgian Delegation of the International Whaling Commission. Her expertise lies in the field of population biology, with a main research interest in conservation biology and associated management.

Els’s current research focus is related to the assessment and monitoring of the South African population of southern right whales, which led to her interest to co-lead the southern right whale SORP theme.

Selected publications

  • Corkeron, P., Hamilton, P., Bannister, J., Charlton, C., Groch, K.R., Findlay, K., Rowntree, V., Vermeulen, E., and Pace III, R.M. (2018) The recovery of North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis, has been constrained by human-caused mortality. Royal Society Open Science 5: 180892
  • Vermeulen, E. 2018. Association patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahia San Antonio, Argentina. Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12481
  • Vermeulen E, Bouveroux T, Plön S, Atkins S, Chivell W, Cockcroft V, Conry D, Genarri E, Hörbst S, James BS, Kirkman S, Penry G, Pistorius P, Thornton M, Vargas Fonseca A, Elwen S. (2018) Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) movement patterns along the South African coast. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 28: 231-240. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2836
  • Vermeulen, E., Bastida, R., Berninsone, L.G., Bordino, P., Failla, M., Fruet, P., Harris, G., Iñíguez, M., Marchesi, M.C., Petracci, P., Reyes, L., Sironi, M. and Bräger, S. (2017) A review on the distribution, abundance, residency, survival and population structure of coastal bottlenose dolphins in Argentina. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 12(1-2): 02-16. 10.5597/lajam00233
  • Fruet, P., Secchi, E. R., Di Tullio, J. C., Simoes-Lopes, P., Daura-Jorge, F., Costa, A. P., Vermeulen, E., Flores, P., Genoves, R., Laporta, P., Beheregaray, L. and Moller, L. (2017) Genetic divergence between two phenotypically distinct bottlenose dolphin ecotypes suggests separate evolutionary trajectories. Ecology and Evolution 7:9131–9143. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3335
  • Vermeulen, E. (2017) Intertidal habitat use of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahía San Antonio, Argentina. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 1-10 doi:10.1017/S0025315417000856
  • Vermeulen, E., Balbiano, A., Beleguer, F., Colombil, D., Failla, M., Intrieri, E., Bräger, S. (2016) Site-fidelity and movement patterns of bottlenose dolphins in central Argentina: essential information for effective conservation. Aquatic Conservation. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2618
  • Vermeulen, E., Holsbeek, L., Das, K. (2015) Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in the Behaviour of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals 41(3), 272-283. DOI 10.1578/am.41.3.2015.272
  • Vermeulen, E and Bräger, S. 2015 Demographics of the Disappearing Bottlenose Dolphin in Argentina: A Common Species on Its Way Out? PLoS ONE 10(3): e0119182. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119182
  • Fruet, P., Secchi, E.R., Daura-Jorge, F., Vermeulen, E., Flores, P.A.C., Simões-Lopes, P.C., Genoves, R.C., Laporta, P., Ditullio, J.C., Freitas, T.R., Dalla Rosa, L., Valiati, V.H., Behereharay, L.B., Möller, L.M. (2014) Remarkably low genetic diversity and strong population structure in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from coastal waters of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Conservation Genetics Doi: 10.1007/s10592-014-0586-z
  • Vermeulen, E. 2012. Abundance estimates of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. 13(1): 47–51.
  • Vermeulen, E., Cammareri, A., Holsbeek, L. (2012) Alteration of southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) behaviour by human induced disturbance in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals 38(1): 56-64.
  • Vermeulen, E. and Cammareri, A. (2009) Residency, Abundance and Social Composition of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina. Aquatic Mammals, 35(3), 379-386.
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